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The Paths to Resistance to Religious Persecution, Is Killing Just in the Old Testament, and More! (1911)

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07/24/2015 Comment

Click on The Paths of Resistance to Religious Persecution by Hadley Arkes, PhD, of The Catholic Thing link to read more.

The Paths of Resistance to Religious Persecution by Hadley Arkes, PhD, of The Catholic Thing - Big Pulpit

Gay ‘Marriage': Autonomy, Yes! God, No! – H. L. Duncan, Catholic Stand

Satoko Kitahara Gave Up a Life of Privilege to Live Among the Ragpickers - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald Magazine

Killing in the Old Testament; Is It Just? – Stephanie Pacheco, Truth and Charity Forum

More ‘Tactical Clerical’ Attire – Fr. Z’s Blog

We Decry the ‘Propagation and Globalization of the Homosexual Lifestyle’ – The CWR Blog

Quæritur: Interesting Excuses for a Low Mass – Fr. Z’s Blog

Restored Order for Sacraments a Growing Trend – Michelle Martin, OSV Newsweekly

Taking Back Marriage – Scott P....READ MORE

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Laudato Si and Agricultural Stewardship (2035)

Farm leaders say Pope Francis’ eco encyclical has clear implications for the way we grow our food and till the Earth and that it challenges predominant farming approaches.

07/23/2015 Comments (12)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Much has been made of Laudato Si (The Care for Our Common Home) and its harsh critique of unbridled fossil-fuel consumption, which Pope Francis argues has directly contributed to climatic changes that affect the poor and the vulnerable most perniciously.

But considerably less attention has been given to the ecological encyclical’s implications for another area of human activity closely intertwined with natural and human ecology: agriculture and food production.

According to Catholic Rural Life (CRL), a national nonprofit that applies Church teaching to the challenges facing rural America, farming is a factor throughout the document. Though there may not be a concerted...READ MORE

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Hermits and Holiness (2440)

Solitude for the Sake of the Church

07/23/2015 Comments (6)
Courtesy of Sister Joseph Marie; St. John via Wikipedia; hermitage via Marymount-hermitage.org/history.htm; New Camalodi Facebook page

St. John Cassian, Sister Joseph Marie and Marymount Hermitage, as well as New Camalodi

– Courtesy of Sister Joseph Marie; St. John via Wikipedia; hermitage via Marymount-hermitage.org/history.htm; New Camalodi Facebook page

In Slinger, Wis., Sister Joseph Marie of the Trinity leads a simple, separated life of prayer. 

She is a hermit, a particular religious vocation that the Catechism of the Catholic Church (920) describes as “a call to find in the desert, in the thick of the spiritual battle, the glory of the Crucified One.”

Her call to live a solitary life began as a teenager, when she was drawn towards the Carmelite order after reading the writings of St. John of the Cross. However, her desire for religious life was put on hold due to some physical setbacks, but her interior calling never went away.

“In 1982, a bishop was my spiritual director during a retreat. I told him that my life was a blank check...READ MORE

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Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to the Supreme Court in HHS Mandate Case (2886)

‘We hope the Supreme Court will hear our case and ensure that people from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in their lives,’ said Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial, July 23.

07/23/2015 Comments (4)
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Sister Loraine Maguire of the Little Sisters of the Poor

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WASHINGTON — After a federal appeals court ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor must obey the federal contraception mandate, the sisters have announced that they are appealing to the Supreme Court.

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, emphasized that the religious women “dedicate our lives to serving the neediest in society, with love and dignity.” For 175 years, the order has cared for the elderly poor and dying throughout the world.

“We perform this loving ministry because of our faith and simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith, and we shouldn’t have to,” she said in a July 23 statement. “We hope the...READ MORE

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Archbishop Cordileone to Congress: Immigrants Are Not All Guilty by Association (2300)

In a statement to the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committee, the archbishop offered prayers for Kate Steinle and her family and called immigration reform ‘long overdue.’

07/23/2015 Comments (22)
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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco

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WASHINGTON — The random killing of a 32-year-old California woman has reignited an intense debate about immigration reform, after the suspect was identified as an illegal immigrant with a felony record.

In a statement made this week to the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco offered his prayers and condolences to the victim’s family. He also cautioned lawmakers against using the case for political gain and against seeing all immigrants as violent criminals.

“While it is important that we learn from this incident and work to prevent it from happening again, it is also important that we recognize that the vast majority of immigrants —...READ MORE

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Cross Connects LA's New Bishops With Bishop of Rome (2860)

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said, 'In the Catholic Church, we believe that every bishop is ordained to carry on the mission that Jesus gave to his apostles.'

07/23/2015 Comments (4)

Pectoral cross of L.A.'s new auxiliary bishops

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LOS ANGELES — A sharp eye would have noticed that L.A.’s three auxiliary bishops-elect were wearing identical pectoral crosses.

The pectoral crosses are identical to another bishop’s — the Bishop of Rome.

“They were a gift,” Archbishop José Gomez said, in the sacristy of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels after the July 21 press conference, explaining with a gesture that he’d given the pectoral crosses to the bishops-elect himself.

“They are Pope Francis’ bishops,” he added.

In many ways, the new shepherds reflect the Holy Father’s papacy.

Pope Francis has named Father Robert Barron, Msgr. Joseph Brennan and Msgr. David O’Connell as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los...READ MORE

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Women Win Battle Against Contraceptive Bill in Colorado (4571)

Female doctors, mid-level practitioners and other women’s advocates joined to derail a bill to fund a program that provides contraceptive implants and IUDs teens without parental consent.

07/23/2015 Comments (2)
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Colorado lawmakers rejected a bill that would have expand funding for long-acting reversible contraception, including IUDs, for low-income teenagers and women.

– Mara/ Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

DENVER — As the pro-life movement gains traction across America in response to the Planned Parenthood “aborted-baby-parts-for-sale” scandal, women have recently won a small but significant victory in Colorado.

Women doctors, mid-level practitioners and other advocates for women fought and defeated a contraceptive bill, which Democrats and even one self-described pro-life Republican, state Rep. Don Coram of Montrose, had enthusiastically supported.

The program was run through the state’s department of health and human services in the form of a grant from a private donor that began in 2009. Defeated H.B. 1194 would have provided $5 million in tax dollars to continue the program, which gave...READ MORE

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Does the Bible Support Gay Marriage, Greece as a Model of What Will Happen to The West, and More! (2976)

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07/23/2015 Comment

Click on Does the Bible Support So-Called Same-Sex Marriage? by Joe Heschmeyer Of Strange Notions link to read more.

Does the Bible Support So-Called Same-Sex Marriage? by Joe Heschmeyer Of Strange Notions - Big Pulpit

Don’t Forget That Jesus Is True Man - Nicholas Senz, Catholic Stand

Ten Awkward Moments When Planning a Catholic Wedding With a Non-Catholic Family - Laura Manfredi, Epic Pew

Greece as a Model of What Will Happen to The West - David Warren, The Catholic Thing

10 Things to Remember if You’re Worried About Persecution - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Syrian Tragedy Is a ‘Third World War’ Say Church Leaders - Ed West, Catholic Herald Magazine

Saint Benedict and the Benedict Option for Today – Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange

From Democracy to Mythology – Donald DeMarco...READ MORE

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